Monday, February 04, 2013

Como Mamas

Como Now is a fantastic acapella gospel album that came out in 2008 on Daptone Records, home to Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Charles Bradley, Antibalas, and the Menahan St Band.

"In the summer of 2006, Daptone Records placed a small ad in local papers and on the radio inviting singers to come down to Mt. Mariah Church [in Como, Mississippi] to record their songs. The result is COMO NOW, a stirring collection of traditional and original acapella gospel from the voices of Panola County’s own families." You can read the background about that album over here.

Now Daptone are releasing a followup, from the Como Mamas. Out Feb 5th.

"There are only three instruments on this recording: The powerful, raspy voice of Ester Mae Smith, the deep soothing voice of Angela Taylor, and the energetic, spirited vocals of Della Daniels. There are no other musicians on this recording, yet the harmonies the Como Mamas create are so powerful, musical accompaniment is not missed.

"Recorded on a sweltering morning in the humble wood structure that is Mt. Mariah church, this record is sure to mirror that heat throughout your body and soul. Don't be fooled by the term Gospel for this record will move everyone from the pious Pastor to the staunchest atheist. The Como Mamas believe whole-heartedly that these songs have the power to help and inspire people in their everyday lives. As Della put it "We just want folks to listen and get an understanding." Audio previews on Daptone's site.

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